A man in South Carolina allegedly tried to have his black neighbour murdered by white supremacists.
Federal investigators claim Brandon Cory Lecroy, 25, reached out to an unnamed white supremacist group asking for their help to have his black neighbour killed, The Washington Post reported.
Authorities were reportedly informed in March that Lecroy not only wanted to have his neighbour killed, but also wanted to burn a cross on the person's front yard.
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According to an informant, Lecroy, a resident of the small town of Hodges, asked the white supremacist group to hang his neighbour from a tree.
He allegedly offered US$500 to have the person killed, with a down payment of US$100.
The informant said Lecroy suggested when the best time would be to have his neighbour killed, and also discussed plans to take over his neighbour's property once the person was dead.
It's understood that Lecroy met with the informant on April 9, and was arrested later that day.
The US attorney's office in South Carolina announced on Tuesday that Lecroy could face up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 fines if he's found guilty of "murder for hire".